Escaping the big city for a Caribbean beach
Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
110Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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The town is supposed to have a free love reputation thanks to the gringas (female gringos) that come here looking for a holiday romance. There were a few would-be gigolos hanging on the street corners but they seem to have fallen on hard times.
I decided to stay at black beach (named after the colour of the sand on the beach) which turned out to be twenty minutes out of town. I ended up being in hotel with just three other guests so I pretty had the run of the place to myself.
Cahuita's main draw is the beach and the nation park, which follows one of the beaches. I had a walk through the national park looking for the animals that allegedly live in it. As with every other national park in Costa Rica I didn't see a single animal. They must have all headed south or started hibernating early. I have come to the conclusion that the only wildlife here are in the zoos and tourist brochures. Quite a lot of people seem to agree with me on this.
Cahuita is supposed to be a big tourist town although I found it to be pretty quiet. Well, only three of us got of the bus here. Everybody else went on to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. My next destination.